Making a Scene Presents an Interview with Kevin McKendree and John Heithaus of the Rock House Allstars
Multi-Grammy Winner Kevin McKendree creates the foundation of The Rock House All Stars from Franklin, TN just south of Nashville.
Let It Bleed is the eighth British and tenth American studio album by the Rolling Stones, released on November 28, 1969. The album charted top ten, including reaching number one in the UK and number three in the US. Many songs became staples of Rolling Stones live shows and on radio stations for decades to come, including “Gimme Shelter” and “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”, both listed on “best ever” songs lists. In 2005, the album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and is on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.
Let It Bleed marks a return to the group’s more blues-based approach that was prominent in the pre-Aftermath period of their career. The main inspiration during this string of albums was American roots music, drawing heavily from gospel (“Gimme Shelter” and “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”), Hank Williams and Jimmie Rodgers (“Country Honk”), Chicago blues (“Midnight Rambler”), as well as country blues (“You Got the Silver”, Robert Johnson’s “Love in Vain”) and country rock (“Let It Bleed”).
Qualified Records endeavored to produce a unique “tribute” album (with a twist) which features freshly reimagined arrangements. The producers handpicked lead singers for each track and encouraged them to provide their own artistic interpretations of Mick Jagger’s lead vocals. The ensemble is led by co-producers ISSA nominee John Heithaus (Tom Hambridge, Jim Allchin, Luke Bulla) and the multi-Grammy® winner Kevin McKendree (Delbert McClinton, Brian Setzer Orchestra, John Hiatt.)
The producers extend their appreciation to everyone who lent their considerable talents to the project in the hopes that Stones fans across the globe enjoy our celebration of an iconic album by what Rolling Stone magazine has heralded as the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band of all time.
John Heithaus: Bass
Kevin McKendree*: Keyboards, Guitars, Backing Vocals, Percussion
Yates McKendree*: Drums
Rob McNelley: Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Solos
James Pennebaker*: Mandolin, Steel Guitar (Love in Vain, You Got the Silver)
Jimmy Hall*: Harmonica (Gimme Shelter)
Andrew Carney: French Horn (Can’t Always Get What You Want)
Stephen Hanner: Harmonica (Midnight Rambler)
Luke Bulla*: Fiddle (Wild Horses, Country Honk)
Sarah and Rachel Hambridge: Backing Vocals (Can’t Always Get What You Want)
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